I know many words come to mind when a person thinks of Fort McMurray. Some of them aren't always flattering. For me, personally, Fort McMurray is home. I live here, bought my first house here. My son was born here.
The words "northern sports mecca" don't really spring to mind. But that seems to be what is happening here as our community is lined up to host several sporting events over the coming months. This March, Keyano College will play host to Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference's basketball championship. Next year, the college hosts the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association men's basketball championships. And that's just basketball. The Grand Slam of Curling returns to MacDonald Island March 19-22 for curling fans.
This coming June (June 13, to be exact), the newly opened Shell Place will host the Northern Kickoff, an official pre-season game between the Edmonton Eskimos and the Saskatchewan Roughriders.....the most northern CFL game in league history. TSN will be covering the game.
Then August 7-16, Fort McMurray plays host to the Western Canada Summer Games. Next summer, it's the 2016 Baseball Canada Cup.
Definitely tons on the go and it's great to see the community have a chance to shine on a national stage.